Thursday, September 22, 2011
"Fiesta" continues in Veracruz
The executions of alleged Zetas and other unidentified victims continued Thursday with 14 more bodies discarded on the streets of Veracruz and Boca del Rio.
The bodies were abandoned in public spaces during daylight in groups of up to 4 individuals in spite of the heavy security presence visible after the public display of the 35 execution victims in peak rush hour traffic Tuesday afternoon.
The heavy security was also present to protect a scheduled national conference of state and federal Attorneys General and criminal prosecutors that began Wednesday in a convention center in Boca del Rio.
The assembly was presided over by the federal Attorney General, Marisela Morales.
In opening statements at the conference on Wednesday, Attorney General Marisela Morales called for strengthening the strategy against "narcomenudeo", or local drug dealing for domestic consumption, which she admitted is the real engine driving violence in the country, and was the motive for the murder of the 35 people in Veracruz.
Morales emphasized that Mexico must put an end to this criminal phenomenon that has generated the struggle between organized criminal gangs seeking to seize control of several territories within the country.
She warned that failure to take action will lead to an endless cycle of violence.
The killings Tuesday and Thursday were a show of force by organized crime, highlighting the impunity with which they operate.
Threats were leveled against the prosecutors in one of the narco banners left at the scene of the mass homicide Tuesday.
“NO MAS EXTORSIONES, NO MAS MUERTES DE GENTE INOCENTE FUERA ZETAZ DEL ESTADO DE VERACRUZ. AUN FALTAN MAS. MINISTERIOS PUBLICOS…COMANDANTE MARCELO CASTILLO TORRES.
ZETAS ASI ACABARAN O COMO LOS QUE HEMOS MATADO A BALASOS. AL PUEBLO VERACRUZANO. NO SE DEJEN EXTORSIONAR NO PAGUEN MAS CUOTAS. SI LO HACEN ES POR QUE QUIEREN”.
No more extortion, no more deaths of innocent people. Zetas get out of the state of Veracruz. Still more to come. Public prosecutors....Comandante Marcelo Castillo Torres. Zetas die like this or like those we've shot. To the people of Veracruz, don't pay any more extortion. If you do it's because you want to.